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Seriously people - I have no idea. Who was this lady again?
While Sophie was drying I started to paint her and actually made pretty good progress so far.
Tried to get back to my former painting style. Not entirely happy, but happy enough to keep going.
If anyone knows what the name of this model is - tell me. I'd be grateful enough to tell her that you knew what I didn't.
Some time ago, during a game of Bolt Action, one of my friends told us about a campaign he was planning, focused on a fantasy setting using the rules of Frostgrave.
As he and some other friends were working on a SciFi setting simultaneously, I thought of the possibility of creating an army that fits both settings – Fantasy and Sci Fi.
But what kind of figures would be able to fit into my setting? Looking around, I got aware of the Blood Vestals by Raging Heroes. They seem to be perfect for my army and so I acquired a group of them and also got me some bases with ruins – currently I don’t have got the time to make them all by myself.
There is only one problem – they are partially clothed …
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So … though a young woman in all her natural beauty might be quite a sight for sore eyes, I figured them to be a bit unfit for my idea. I mean - we are talking about Frostgrave. Frost. Cold. Quite Cold. Who would risk to get a cold by running around naturally dressed? So – best way for me to work with them might be to unnude them.
I looked around a bit further, but couldn't figure a way to make the figures look like I wanted them to look like. To be honest - I don't even have an idea what I want to do. Bravo, Monsieur. You're quite something.
Then by chance, I stumbled over the at concepts of NieR: Automata, which is a sequel to the critically acclaimed game NieR and includes some pretty artwork and figures. I already know the game, especially for the "AB" Diskussion regarding the clothing of main character 2b, but still never really thought about the design. Hm. Not bad.
I somehow like the lolita concept. But it is quite modern, so there should be a change in design to make it more fantasyesque.
Also having been a fan of the Valkyria Chronicles franchise since I came to know it (some 6 years ago or so), I figured that the clothes of Selvaria and Aliasse from the franchise would make a good addition.
Sexy Lolita clothes, white and blue-white hair, red eyes and dark grey and golden colors? I am currently thinking about how to bring all those concepts together – but I am sure that the outcome will be great :-D Haha.
If anyone has an idea on how to put all that stuff together, I'd be thankful :-D
For the skin I took a picture from the internet, which I really liked:
Quite a thought.
I checked my bits box and found a fantasy figure I will use as the central figure for my army – the Crimson Empress or Witch or whatever. She will be the figure on which I test how the colors work together. Looking forward to seeing her finished …
Well then - Let's start and see where this ends.
Here we go again.
If you don’t want to know what led to the whole “Let’s make a present”-stuff, feel free to scroll down to the first picture.
I have to admit: I am not world’s best painter. To be honest – I am far away from that. I cannot remember color theory, keep forgetting important steps or read a tutorial just to throw it away ‘cause I cannot imagine how I should turn the advices into actual results. Life is hard …
Anyway – it seems that persons in my proximity have caught attention of what I am trying to do and figure that it is actually *good* and from time to time ask me to do some presents.
And that’s what I am doing for them. Presents.
Often those presents have got something to do with my boss. She is the driving force behind this whole “You do wargaming! You can paint! You make present! Ugh!“—stuff.
A specialty of her is to ask me to think of something and prepare something just to then remember me that I have got like 5 days left until the specific gift is needed. Thank you, ma’am!
And – oh, yeah – there has to be an owl in it. She loves owls and she wants everyone to know.
Therefore a typical process of creation looks like this:
1st. Not much time left
2nd Owls are needed
3rd No owls available
4th panic rises
5th awkward moments are happening
6th The badly needed inspiration comes to mind
7th realization of lacking skill follows badly needed inspiration
8th panic rises further
9th Finally! Owls are available! Construction may begin.
So – Let’s make a present.
The following present was the very first “big” present I made. I want to run you through the process of creation as it was a lot of fun for me to improvise and think of that whole stuff, and I think it would be a shame not to share it.
The present was for a colleague who left us. Normally she would have gotten some kind of standard present from our workplace, but she didn’t want to. She had bad experiences regarding standard presents, so my boss was a bit unhappy. She didn’t want to let our colleague leave without anything in her hands.
Normally my boss would have done something on her own. She is a good painter - I guess like Bob Ross (just different hair style … and not so many little happy accidents). But she didn’t have got time, so I stepped in.
I had Five days left, and of those five days I was away for two days – not much time to come up with something.
So when I came home from work first thing I had to do was checking the materials available.
My boss wanted the present to be an owl. Well … as I don’t care about owls (only time I do is when they start screaming at night and keep me awake), I didn’t have got any owl miniatures.
And then there was the question of what kind of present I wanted to make.
I thought of a diorama, went through some stores in my area, didn’t find any helpful inspiration, and after a few hours of searching the Internet, I finally found what I was looking for: an owl mage.
And that triggered a thought on the meaning of the present.
Our colleague had been forced to make some hard decisions beforehand, which did not only have an impact on her work but also personal life, and my idea was to give her some kind of advisor to lead her through the upcoming time of her life.
I figured this idea to be on one hand quite good and on the other hand to be somehow hilarious, so the idea was settled.
Next thing I needed was a showcase.
Luckily enough I had some miniature tanks which showcases I didn’t need. One of them seemed to fit the figure and leave enough space to create a small scene around it.
I only had an overall idea on the topic by that time, but finally the whole concept rushed into my mind.
Why not make a path, where the owl mage has a decision to make? The decision might be easy – go left or go right? Both paths will lead out of the diorama and therefore he cannot see what awaits him. He asks his crystal ball for advice but that doesn’t provide the answer and so the mage has to decide himself which way he wants to take.
So I bought the owl mage and went on my two-day-trip. When I came back, the mage had already arrived. Time for me to start.
First things first – I had to take the dioramas measurements and to make a plan …
Then I did a first test fitting of all the elements I had thought of and made a plan, just to ignore it and continue with a second test, in which the owl mage was put together with a tree which I took from my forest box to create an outline I wouldn’t be able to read later on and started.
A main element of the diorama would be the path. Therefore I had to carefully outline how I wanted to create it, especially as the parting of the ways should be clearly visible.
After that was done and put away to dry, the next thing to do was the road sign.
Checking my materials box, I found some balsa wood and plastic styrene. Using a scalpel, a rough file and some glue, those two elements became one to make a great road sign.
Then I had to let it dry. Next thing to do was painting the owl – but that is a different story for the next post …
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